Decorum and Behavior—Signs of a Person’s Inner Worth



By Sigrid Weidenweber

During a long good life, I have had the opportunity to study and observe many cultures, societies and single individuals. Studying anthropology, I am familiar with many cultures and societies. In the best of them, not always the ones we deem civilized, my colleagues and I observed that their most perfect leaders behaved with great dignity and equanimity. In societies, experiencing a power collapse of the ruling class, we noted that decorum and civility deteriorated.

The most remarkable incident of such deterioration, was witnessed after Stalin’s death, when different factions fought internally for power in the Soviet Union. To the amazement and shock of the entire United Nations Plenary General Assembly in New York in 1960, the President of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, removed his shoe and pounded his desk in protest of a speech given by Lorenzo Semuolang of the Philippines. Since then, many faux pas and ill behaviors have been observed. But nothing has risen until today to the infantile, ill-tempered, scandalous and disgraceful behavior of Nancy Pelosi—Speaker of the House—during the President’s State of the Union address.

From the moment the President strode to the podium, Nancy’s body-language did not bode well. It got worse. This woman, I cannot call her lady, like a childish child, grimaced, fidgeted, and acted out. Her act of destroying a document belonging to the American people, and for that, will be restored, was the final act of a demented person whose hate for this president has now driven her over the edge, into a chasm from which she cannot return. She left the decent members of her party behind, joining with the progressive, socialist ilk, with whom she sees her future. Good Luck Nancy!

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.

 Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weidenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weidenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer. You can find her books on

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3 Responses to Decorum and Behavior—Signs of a Person’s Inner Worth

  1. M. Aitchison February 29, 2020 at 8:13 am

    She is a reflection of today’s California. A place where a guy who is deported 5 times, then shoots and kills an innocent American woman is given more considerations than the victims family. If Pelosi is mentally ill then so is the whole state.

  2. Charleen Schuss February 11, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Dear Sigrid,
    I’d live to hear your assessment of President Trump. Bless his heart.

  3. D.Miller February 10, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Be sure to see the video the White House released.
    Dems are crying foul , that the video has been altered , but it is a series of excerpts from his speech , followed by video of Nancy ripping up his speech.


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